Friday, 30 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: Internet Gaming Disorder - Really?


Internet Gaming Disorder. Yes, you read correct, Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD, with “Disorder” being hesitant) is being considered for further research in the DSM-V which means it may be a new entry in the DSM-VI. I have a lot of opinions on this (if you can’t tell already), but I will save them for the end after laying down the facts and rationale for claiming this as a disorder.

What is IGD? Well, basically put it’s exactly what you think. It’s an addiction to online games which is so severe that it results in negative consequences, one of which is limiting real-life experiences (Ko, 2014). Much of the literature so far looks at massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs – think World of Warcraft, Runescape, Elder Scrolls Online, etc.) as being the main type of games causing IGD, possibly due to their need for high amounts of social interaction.

Friday, 23 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: The Hoarder in my Home.


Hoarding disorder is something we’ve seen coming up a lot on TV lately with shows like “The Hoarder Next Door” and “Hoarders”. The shock value and uniqueness of the problems shown make for good reality TV; naturally it’s something that shocks us and makes us question how these things happen. Our natural reaction to hoarding is disgust and shock, but also a lot of the time hoarding behaviours are misunderstood as just stubborn behaviours and general bad habits, but it goes far deeper than that. Hoarding comes under as a form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and the biology of it goes far deeper than just simple bad habits and collecting things. 

Saturday, 17 March 2018

ABC's of the DSM-V: G is for Gender Dysphoria




The discussion around gender and sexuality has started to move away from being a taboo, becoming a slightly more acknowledged topic. That’s not to say that acceptance and understanding are prevalent – far from it – but the first steps have been taken and people are starting to have more discussions, opening the door to understanding what gender and sexuality are.

In this post I’ll be discussing gender dysphoria and how it affects identity, sexuality and the wellbeing of an individual. As a cisgender woman I can’t speak from a personal perspective, but I can comment on the psychological and biological aspects of GD and let others use this as a platform for their voices and experiences.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Moving Countries, Life, Promises.

View from Pendle Hill, country adventures!
I have a terrible habit of neglecting this site despite direct debits coming out for it regularly - a reminder of my horrendous attitude to this project. I apologise, I can't think of a good enough excuse other than moving countries is a lot more difficult when you have a shipping containers worth of stuff and £20 in your bank account! 

However, I made it! Derry was an adventure - one I'll never forget but also one I'm not keen to repeat anytime soon (the actual experience of what happened, not the city itself. I LOVE Derry and miss it terribly). I've found myself in a much better place, and I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Leveling Up: How I Got a PhD Studentship.


Although I'm not on it anymore, I still managed to get a PhD studentship in under 2 months after finishing my course, so I'm going to be telling you how I managed to go from a master, to a PhD student (albeit temporarily)! In this example I will be talking about the PhD at Ulster - you can download the advert here so you know what I'm talking about.

I'm not going to lie, applying for a PhD is time consuming, energy sapping, paperwork heavy stuff. It's annoying and now that I'm applying for jobs in the field, I can say that it's very much like applying for that. A studentship is a funded PhD project, so you don't have to go through funding bodies or anything like that which is great. The downside (if you can call it that) is that the projects are pre-chosen so you don't really get to propose your own initial idea as such - but you can build on it and make it your own.